Spirit, Transformation, Adventure, Reflection

Welcome! Since 2009, STAR has been bringing new religious education programs to First Parish Arlington. STAR programs help adults learn more about Unitarian Universalism, deepen our spiritual exploration, and discover new ways to come together in community. STAR also offers interested First Parishioners an opportunity to teach, explore and share their passions with one another. 

Please consider joining us as a facilitator, a participant, or both! If you would like to propose doing a STAR program, please email star @

Read the Weekly e-Bulletin for more details on these programs and for more information on late-developing (but equally inspiring) new offerings.


Upcoming Events

Options in Aging Care

aging 150Sunday, October 22
12 – 1:30 pm in the parlor
Veggie Chili will be provided, or BYO lunch

Are you contemplating the “next step” as you age? Are you worried about a failing parent or partner? Many among us are in the “sandwich generation,” juggling care giving of our children as well as our parent(s). It can be confusing and overwhelming to know what help is needed, how to get that help, and how to encourage an elder to accept help. These challenges are multiplied when you are a distant caregiver, or the situation involves mental illness or memory issues. Kathy will offer information and advice for acute situations or planning for the future — bring your questions, or email them in advance to Kathy Kemp.

Kathy Kemp is a Licensed Occupational Therapist and Certified Geriatric Care Manager with her own practice, Sage Advice Care Management. She brings with her 25+ years experience working with older adults in psychiatric, rehabilitation, nursing home, and community settings. Kathy served many years at First Parish as a lay minister.

Single Only on Sunday

single only on sunday 1Tuesday, October 24 in the Parlor at 7 pm
No pre-registration required.

Do you find yourself "single" on Sunday? Do you have a partner who opts not to be part of the church community? Does he/she support your participation fully, yet you still feel pulled between home and church? Do you opt out of some church activities and groups because you know you will be so missed at home? At this one-time discussion group, we will share our stories about living with this challenging situation. Facilitated by Barbara McCauley. Barbara is a clinical social worker who has been Single Only on Sunday at First Parish for five years. All are welcome! For more information contact Barbara McCauley.

Love is My Religion:  Improving Political Discourse

Love LogoLet's work together to repair the acrimony in our country. This resistance effort will identify actions we can take to alter the tone of political discourse for 2018 and beyond. The series of sessions continues on October 23 and 30.

A STAR Adult Ed Program.
e-mail the office to registere - mention "Love Registration"in the subject line. Click here more information.

 Aging Well in Our Community

aging well
10/26, 11/16, and 12/21 in the Parlor 10 am - Noon

Purpose of our group is to foster engagement and build community among women over fifty who wish to explore themes related to planning and consciously living out our later years. We are an open group facilitated by Kit Hayes. Some meetings have guest speakers; others include small-group or large-group conversations. All include two breaks for physical exercises such as stretching, yoga, and sacred circle dance. We are in our sixth year! Open to all women over fifty. New participants welcome. Contact Kit Hayes at 781-648-0373 or

Work That Reconnects 

Work that reconnects logoSaturday, November 11, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Saving a space is recommended but not required.

How we can remain resilient, creative, and empowered to act for the healing of our irreplaceable world? There is limit of 35 people for this program, and some of the spaces will be open to the public. If you would like to save a space, please send an email to


Capitalism: What is to be done?

Capitalism Logo

Capitalist economic systems have produced material abundance undreamt of in earlier eras. Poverty, starvation, and short brutal lives have been greatly reduced. On the other hand, capitalism is also derided as a predatory system that causes economic inequality, unchecked climate change and a host of societal ills. To what extent does capitalism reflect our values? Is it compatible with our liberal religion? What is to be done about it? A thoughtful panel discussion with David Dreyfus and Tom Estabrook, moderated by Jitendra Singh. All are welcome! For more information, contact David Dreyfus.

Monday, November 13, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm. A STAR Adult Ed Program.

No registration is required. Please mark your calendar.

Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays at 7 am to 8 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays at 8 am to 9 am in the Parlor

Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening,lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new insights and help us grow in our spiritual lives and set intentions for our daily lives. Drop­ins are always welcome! Click here to visit the STAR page of the web site.


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